Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Since its opening in 1860, the Oxford University Museum of Natural History has been a hub of scientific and cultural advancement, and home to some of the world’s most outstanding natural history collections, including the earliest documented dinosaur fossils. It was the venue for the celebrated debate on Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species between the Bishop of Oxford, Samuel Wilberforce, and Thomas Henry Huxley, and has included Nobel laureates on its staff.
In 2008, the year of its 150th anniversary, the museum launched a £5.5m funding campaign to keep it open for another century and a half. The campaign will support four key projects:
- A 10-year project to rehouse the Museum's insect collection, many of which are still stored in their original Victorian cabinets;
- Creation of a new Visitor Centre, to provide much-needed visitor facilities and temporary exhibition space;
- The conservation and restoration of the Museum's Victorian iron and glass roof;
- The digitization of several of its important collections.